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Far-carrying tone will delight the most fastidious mariachi artist, while its price is well within reach of the beginner.
This finely crafted musical instrument, traditionally used as a rhythm guitar for classical and mariachi music, has a signature rounded back, a nato neck and top, and a rosewood nut and fingerboard.
From its selection of choice tonewoods to the hand-painted black and white striping on the raised edges of its top and back, the Lucida Vihuela is authentic in every way. A traditional multi-colored rosette decorates the soundhole and the bridge is highly polished maple. The vaulted back with light colored back strip provides the look, as well as the tone projection, necessary for the true mariachi sound.
The Lucida Vihuela is strung with genuine Mexican nylon strings and comes with a black padded nylon gig bag with a zippered pocket, double-stitched handle and an adjustable backpack strap.
The beautiful design and vibrant tone of the Lucida Vihuela is love at first sight and sound!
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Comments about Lucida Vihuela with Bag:
Overall, the price was what lead me to make the purchase. If I wasn't completely satisfied...hey, it was only 200 bucks, what could I expect? But this vihuela surprised me. The strings were so so...no biggie, just change them. The case is a little big...but at least it came with one! and the frets are not the traditional nylon ones...no one will notice unless you point it out. Even better...you won't have to worry about them getting loose, moving, or falling off! The sound will more than make up for these imperfections. So if your a vihuelero looking for a back up...or a guitar player (like me) looking to try out something a little different, without breaking the bank...then this vihuela will be all you need. Later you can call Roberto Morales, but I've noticed, its more about the name than the end product. Hope this helped...
As far as vihuelas are concerned, Morales vihuelas are the standard. But if you not looking to do concerts with Vargas or Camperos, this vihuela might just surprise you. It doesn't have the traditional nylon frets, but who cares...unless you are a tradionalist. It has 4 frets, and just fine with me. In my experience, this vihuela could easily handle a back yard gig, and provide hours of fun just practicing at home.
No tradional tacote wood here...but that doesn't mean its lacking in sound. Its loud and the action isn't unconfortably high either. It came with "vihuela strings" but the G string had a nasty vibration on every fret...even open it made a noise. But a quick change of string and I had it sounding surprisingly well. Again, no nylon frets but I can't put those things on anyways (I've tried before) and in Northern New York, good luck finding anyone else that can! Also, no damage, no glue nothing that would make me not like the "look" of this instrument.
Ok so, if you've done your research...there are some from paracho that aren't too pricy...but I've been burned by paracho before (with guitars). And vihuela luthier from california can ask about $900 for their standard model. So $237 definatly can't be beat, especially if you are on a tight budget. Again, unless you are looking to do some televised performances, concerts and such where this vihuela might not be well suited for, weekend gigs and practices are this instruments forte.